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Evolution of the 'metal genre' (2012 data)


Published January 1, 2013
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The information provided in these graphs was obtained from the Metal Archives database; date: 2013-01-01. It reflects a vague snapshot on how the metal scene and their subgenres have developed over the years. Each point represents one inquiry on 'releases per year per genre'. As the description of the aspect of the genre is assigned to the band's sites and not to the release/s (see Discogs for instance), a lack of precision in the overall result can be identified. Nevertheless, a certain trend can still be discovered and the graphs can be used for the purpose of discussions.

The main graphs:
All genres
Black metal, death metal, thrash metal, heavy metal
Doom metal, power metal, speed metal, gothic metal, folk metal, grindcore, NWobHM

Separate graphs for each genre has been as well.
Black metal, Death metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Doom metal, Folk metal, Gothic metal, Power metal, Speed metal, Grindcore (*), NWoBHM

(*) Grindcore how it is seen by the mods at the Metal Archives and this would exclude a considerable amount of bands, because these would not be considered to be 'metal enough'.

Comparison of the years 2011 and 2012 (**)
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Heavy Metal
Thrash Metal

(**)I do this survey once per year and generally during the first week or so. As such, the submissions for the last year have just been completed and this is reflected through the numbers. The idea is to show how the entries for a genre have changed after one year. Please keep in mind that the bands are not labeled properly and some kind of error is inherent in the presentation. Considering the difficulty of pinpointing a release to one type of genre only, such should be surprise anyone.

Information on the evolution of the various types of release in the metal scene can be found here.

Questions, comments, hate mail and whatnot shall be directed at:

oneyoudontknow at yahoo dot de
http://www.metal-archives.com/users/oneyoudontknow


Year 2013
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